Good Manners

“Good manners are just the latest casualty in the ongoing collapse of Western civilization.”

Someone sent me this quote from the TV show, Two and a Half Men.

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Timely Quote

Abraham Lincoln“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
– Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1861

 

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Winter Solstice

Today is the first day of winter. The Sun rises in the southernmost location. Many have been feeling the challenging events of the past year with the difficult jyotish influences. You may want to take a look at the Sun today knowing that by the time it returns to this position, life will be better for many of us. In fact, by 2020, the world will likely look much different and much better. Hang in there!

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Political Correctness

Political Correctness - Michael MamasThere is a concept in ancient Chinese philosophy called “The Rectification of the Names” where it is socially no longer considered correct to use terms that most accurately convey the meaning of things. I wonder if, in some cases, we have succumbed to the problems associated with that concept. Of course, in some cases, re-naming is good and important, but in other cases…???

 

 

 

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What Ever Happened to ‘Peace and Love’?

I just published a new article on Medium.com. It begins:

“I attended undergraduate school in the late sixties and early seventies when the hippie movement was at its peak. As a conscientious student, I didn’t have time for anything other than my studies. However, today I long for those peace and love ideals.

“Realistically speaking, what is peace and love anyway? Isn’t it far more than non-violence and free love? Doesn’t it include more than being respectful, compassionate, polite, and dignified toward all people, not just the ones you agree with?”…

Read more:

“What Ever Happened to ‘Peace and Love’?”

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Past Lives

Past Lives by Michael MamasThis poem by General George S Patton Jr speaks for itself:

Perhaps I stabbed our Savior
In His sacred helpless side.
Yet I’ve called His name in blessing
When in after times I died.

Through the travail of the ages
Midst the pomp and toil of war
Have I fought and strove and perished
Countless times upon this star.

I have sinned and I have suffered
Played the hero and the knave
Fought for belly, shame or country
And for each have found a grave.

So as through a glass and darkly
The age long strife I see
Where I fought in many guises,
Many names – but always me.

So forever in the future
Shall I battle as of yore,
Dying to be born a fighter
But to die again once more.

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Some Quotes

These quotes have been sitting on my desktop for a while.  I thought I would send them along to you.  Enjoy!

From Patton:

“We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.”

“There is a great deal of talk about loyalty from the bottom to the top. Loyalty from the top down is even more necessary and much less prevalent.” 

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”

From Alexander the Great:

“I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.”

Mountain Panorama

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How Darwinism and Creationism Can Peacefully Coexist

Darwinism and Creationism - Michael MamasFor the third time, HuffingtonPost.com has published one of my latest articles, "How Darwinism and Creationism Can Peacefully Coexist". Comments on the article are very welcome, at the bottom of the article page. The article has already generated a LOT of passionate discussion.

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Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter

Planetary ParadeAll these planets will be in a row (pretty much along a straight line) in the early morning sky starting Jan. 20 for about a month.

The easiest way to see them is to look to the southeast before sunrise. Locate Venus, the very bright planet to the southeast. Then locate Jupiter to the southwest higher in the sky than Venus. Mercury will be to the left (east) of Venus and a bit lower in the sky. Saturn and Mars will be between Venus and Jupiter. Mercury is always rather close to the sun, so after Mercury rises, the sun will rise shortly after.

From a Jyotish perspective, I do not believe this is very significant, but it will be a beautiful sight.

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Venus, Saturn, and Moon

Venus, Saturn and MoonVenus and Moon are very close together now and can be seen in the early morning sky with Saturn between them. Moon moves quickly so if you want to take a look, do so tomorrow morning. Of course, Saturn and Venus move more slowly so you can see them close to one and other for a while. Saturn moves more slowly than Venus so right now though Venus is higher than Saturn in the morning sky, next week Venus will be lower than Saturn.

Also, Jupiter will start moving retrograde around 11 p.m eastern time tonight, Thursday (Jan 7). A planet is very powerful around the time it is making that shift.

You can see Jupiter tomorrow morning if/when you go outside to see Venus, Saturn, and the Moon. Jupiter will be a bit to the west of straight up over your head. Jupiter is bright (though not as bright as Venus) so it should be easy to see.

 

 

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